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The Amazing HALO9 Head Unit from Alpine

Once in a while some advances in technology represent a major leap forward in customer experience and the HALO9 does exactly that.

In this blog we review the latest stereo we have added to our collection of products at The Audio Shop. We are very excited to review this product for you.

First off the specs. This stereo includes:

  • 9-inch WVGA hovering capacitive touch screen

  • Tapered display housing and silver trim for a clean, modernized fit and finish

  • Standard 1-DIN chassis designed to fit aftermarket ISO Din dash kits for various vehicle applications

  • Access your maps, music, calls and messages through Apple CarPlay™ or Android Auto™

  • Retain and display vehicle information and features (iDatalink Maestro module, sold separately)

  • Audio, video, and Bluetooth® feature set

  • HD Radio tuner built in

  • SiriusXM Ready™ (SXV300 Connect Vehicle Tuner Kit sold separately, SiriusXM subscription required)

What is the big deal about Apple CarPlay or Android Auto? Both of these options allow you to connect your phone to your car stereo and seamlessly integrate features like:

  • Stream audio from any number of online music services (Pandora, iHeart Radio, TuneIn Radio, Coast2CoastAM etc.)

  • Play your music (iTunes or Google Play) over your car stereo (no more CDs in your car

  • Use google maps and other navigation software

  • Have your text messages read to you while you are in the car allowing you to keep your eyes on the road

  • Make and receiving calls without having to touch your phone

Although CarPlay and Android Auto have been on the market for sometime, we have been impressed at how well this head unit performs when integrating our phones. The lag between devices is non existent and the phones with both recognized quickly and all the features worked as expected.

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